3 May 2011

Lucy Jane Bledsoe on Woman-Stirred Radio

This Thursday, May 5th, at 5:00 pm (eastern) author Lucy Jane Bledsoe joins Merry Gangemi for a conversation about her new novel, The Big Bang Symphony.


A deftly structured feminist novel of Antarctica, The Big Bang Symphony, is confidently intelligent in tone, and delightfully complex. Its narrative is character-driven and Bledsoe’s characters are authentic, pragmatic, witty, at times too serious, but talented, grounded, and blessedly flawed.


The Big Bang Symphony draws the reader into the world of McMurdo Station, a U. S. research base located just northeast of Mt. Erebus, on the southeast coast of the Ross Ice Shelf. There is adventure, mystery, and absurdity, and there is the majesty of Antarctica, its haunting emptiness and unforgiving environment a hologram, perfectly suited to reflect the indomitable forces which compel and sustain each woman’s search for what is true—even if that truth is the simple equivalent of what can be perceived as true. 


"Lucy Jane Bledsoe is the author of four novels, a collection of short fiction, a collection of narrative nonfiction, and six books for kids.  When she’s not writing, she’s sea kayaking in Alaska, backpacking in the Rockies, backcountry skiing in the Sierras, or biking the Berkeley/Oakland hills.

Lucy has traveled to Antarctica three times, as a two-time recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Artists & Writers in Antarctica Fellowship and once as a guest on the Russian ship, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov. She is one of a tiny handful of people who have stayed at all three American stations in Antarctica. She has also stayed in a number of field camps, both on the coast and in the Transantarctic mountains, where scientists are studying penguins, climate change, and the Big Bang." (source